February was a very busy month, I did have a few swims but my camera was acting up so no photos of swimming. Plenty of art activity.
The students of the West Cork Campus Level 6 Art had an exhibition of their work so far this year. Aisling Roche and I curate the show but the students put it up, have an opening and the show runs for a week. The work is very personal to each student who work on a theme, which develops through drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture and combined materials through out the year.Planning and putting up an exhibition takes time, patience and lots of going up and down ladders.
The show was opened by Catherine Hammond who gave an inspirational speech, telling us all that even the most successful artists go through self doubt and struggles when creating art, and this is all part of the process, that all artists have to endure. This was very reassuring for us all to hear.
Congratulations to all the students, it was an amazing show, and they worked really hard to make it a success.Fingers crossed there will be an end of year show in May 2020.
The students will either go onto further education pursuing a degree either in the Crawford Art Collage or Sherkin BA Visual Arts or they will continue to practice art and have exhibitions. I wish them every success in the future.
Some of the amazing work and the students photographed by Anne Minihan, with Màire O’Sullivan the manager of The West Cork Campus, Aisling and myself at the opening.
February mid term break. I escaped with five friends to Berlin for a few days. My first time visiting this diverse city and I definitely want to return. We packed lots in, the highlight was the Opera at Deutshe Oper Belin, a contemorary Mozart. I was blown away it was absolutely spectacular, spectacular we bought the tickets for €26 before we went. I felt guilty for paying so little as it was worth so much more. My first time at the Opera and will be hard to beat that truly amazing experience.
Berlin has lots of Art and we saw lots of amazing exhibitions. There was also a spot of shopping, eating a few drinks and lots of laughing. Incredible history of course, very underground, gritty, eclectic and I will definitely be back.
Unfortunately my bikini did not get wet this time. The river did not look safe to just pop in for a dip and the areas for swimming in the city were closed. Badeschiff has an outdoor floating pool right on the river looks like an different swimming experience. There are many lakes near the city, we just did not have the time this trip.
Turning the Plastic Tide Tips
I always travel with my Chili water bottle and coffee cup. The coffee cup was not used as lots of lovely coffee shops to sit in rather than walk about with coffee. We flew form Kerry Airport a tiny airport but even with the water turned off I was refilled with water before we few off.